February 04 2016 10:18PM
It was a night of celebration for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A few people had some endurance milestones; Dion Phaneuf was playing in his 800th game and Mike Babcock was coaching his 1000th, but what really mattered was the pre-game tribute to Darryl Sittler, whose famous 10-point game was 40 years ago this week.
Oddly enough, the Leafs and New Jersey Devils decided that a fitting tribute would be to put the sticks away and avoid scoring at all costs. Even with the shootout considered, the teams only put five pucks in the back of the net in a 3-2 Leafs shootout victory.
February 02 2016 11:41PM
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Lost in all of the re-branding hullabaloo was the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs played a hockey game less than an hour before. To be fair, there was a large stretch of this game where one shouldn't have cared in the slightest. Heck, if you're all-in on The Tank Nation, the end result was probably not one that made you stats-happy.
But there's something about beating the Bruins that makes you happy. Tonight, the Leafs did so in dramatic fashion, coming back to win 4-3 in overtime.
February 01 2016 09:23PM
The Toronto Marlies have torn up the American Hockey League this year, to the point where they could have realistically sent more than four deserving people to this year's All-Star Festivities. With that said, that wouldn't be fair at all to the fans of the other teams. As such, head coach Sheldon Keefe took William Nylander, TJ Brennan, and Josh Leivo with him to Syracuse for the weekend, and while the former pair were left off the score sheet, Leivo found his way to the back the net twice.
January 31 2016 08:48PM
The NHL aren't the only hockey league with an All-Star game this weekend. The American Hockey League's festivities kicked off tonight, as representatives from the league's various teams got together in Syracuse, New York for a skills competition. William Nylander, Josh Leivo, TJ Brennan, and head coach Sheldon Keefe were all there representing the Toronto Marlies, and the players all took part in various events.
January 31 2016 05:56PM
Sneak peak at next year's game pic.twitter.com/Jcp6DD6HOE— The Tank Nation (@TLNdc) January 31, 2016
This year's NHL all-star game has been a lot of fun. PK Subban has continued to be the face that the league deserves but refuses to use, Jaromir Jagr has proven himself to be ageless, and John Scott has embarrassed the league by being completely and totally able to keep up despite the league's repeated attempts to keep him away from the event.